Reading for Understanding Three #83A

Thelma Thurstone--The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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  1. A number of judges allow court trials to be televised. Many remain opposed, however, still agreeing with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that television "serves no purpose except to pander to the lower tastes of some individuals. Courtrooms and courthouses are not places of entertainment, and trials are not had for the purpose of satisfying any sadistic instinct of the public seeking
  2. Your answer:
    justice."
    rational verdicts."
    sensationalism."
    information."


  3. The test of our belief in freedom of speech is our willingness to extend this freedom to those who express ideas contrary to our own, for freedom of speech means a readiness to allow people to make statements
  4. Your answer:
    with which we disagree.
    that everyone believes.
    only if they are true.
    that are pleasant.


  5. The author of this book, instead of giving concrete descriptions of objects, merely presents associations that the objects suggest. It is an interesting style, but for a person such as I, who would not recognize a rose by any other name, comprehension of what the author is saying is
  6. Your answer:
    inevitable.
    facilitated.
    impossible.
    impressive.


  7. The standard of human life in any society is determined by the beliefs that human beings have about life. The quality of life at any time is determined by the scale of values by which a society measures and compares the ways that human beings live. When the standard of living of a society is altered, we may infer that the members of society have altered their
  8. Your answer:
    productive efficiency.
    educational standards.
    ideas about life.
    basic social structure.


  9. The English and American mile is 1760 yards, or 5280 feet. The Russian mile is 1155 yards, the Italian 1614 yards, the Swedish 1700 yards, the Scottish 1954 yards, and the Irish 2240 yards. The German short mile is 5288 feet; the German long mile is 8805 feet. The kilometer is 1000 meters, and the meter is the same wherever it is used. It is small wonder that most countries now measure distance in kilometers rather than in miles. When talking about miles, one always needs to know
  10. Your answer:
    what kind of mile.
    the rate in miles.
    how many miles.
    geographic distances.


  11. It will hardly be denied that the security of persons and their properties is desirable, and that the best way, indeed the only way, for promoting that condition is to gather people together in certain great corporations called nations. These nations are variously and, for the most part, imperfectly organized. Some of them abound with frightful abuses. But it seems reasonable for us to believe that even the worst are, on the whole, preferable to
  12. Your answer:
    efficient organizations.
    imperfect organization.
    stability.
    complete anarchy.


  13. Odysseus, king of the island of Ithica, did not want to go with the Greeks to fight against Troy. He did not want to leave his wife, Penelope, and his young son, Telemachus. He pretended to be insane. The prince who came for him found him cultivating the sand on the seashore, which he had sown with salt. When the prince laid the young Telemachus in the furrow, Odysseus turned the implement aside, revealing that his madness was
  14. Your answer:
    assumed.
    temporary.
    serious.
    excused.


  15. Mormons in Utah are highly respected for the work they did in turning a desert area into productive land. As a symbol of their state, they chose the honeybee, a universal figure of industriousness. It is appropriate for Utah to be called the Beehive State because the
  16. Your answer:
    state ranks high in production of honey.
    Mormons had few friends.
    early Mormons had so much work to do.
    state is a beehive of factories.


  17. A skilled action is called spontaneous. The beginning pianist laboriously picks out each note, but the expert musician is not aware of these movements. Action that involves conscious choice is
  18. Your answer:
    necessary for accuracy.
    most desirable.
    elementary and inferior.
    an indication of skill.


  19. A person moving from a temperate region to an extremely hot one can get used to the temperature change more readily than a person who goes from a temperate climate to a very cold one. This difference is understandable. Our scanty hair covering provides little insulation against the cold, but we perspire readily and the blood vessels of our skin are capable of extreme dilation. We thus have available two excellent techniques for
  20. Your answer:
    adapting to a different culture.
    utilizing surplus energy.
    maintaining good health.
    losing body heat.



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